January 06, 2021 Feature

Conversations: We Should Be Having

Four litigators discuss how to succeed as a female attorney while still getting what they want out of the rest of their lives.

Laura Becking, Laura Metzger, Leah Sanzari, and Rachelle Navarro

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How to succeed as a female attorney is hardly a novel topic. All of us have read countless articles, attended CLEs, and had discussions with our colleagues about this very issue. Which is why I, Rachelle, was pleasantly surprised to attend a law firm event with a women’s panel that focused on issues and advice I had not heard before. The conversation was honest and personal. The advice was frank and practical. And I anticipate the impact will be long-lasting.

Here are thoughts and advice from discussions with those remarkable and successful women, both from comments at that original panel and from multiple follow-up conversations. We know of course that we do not have all the answers. We do not pretend to. As with legal advice, these ideas must be carefully considered and molded to fit each individual’s needs and circumstances. But our hope is that this will help lead to insightful evaluation, informed consideration, and wise decisions.

Here are thoughts and advice from discussions with those remarkable and successful women, both from comments at that original panel and from multiple follow-up conversations. We know of course that we do not have all the answers. We do not pretend to. As with legal advice, these ideas must be carefully considered and molded to fit each individual’s needs and circumstances. But our hope is that this will help lead to insightful evaluation, informed consideration, and wise decisions.

Illustration by Colleen O'Hara.

Illustration by Colleen O'Hara.

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